Computer Science

What is Computer Science for at Meridian High School?

Computer Science is an option subject that is taught to students from year 9 onwards. This subject allows students to understand and engage in Computer Science, as well as getting them thinking about real world application. Students will develop computational thinking skills built on a sound base of conceptual learning and understanding.

Why does Computer Science as a subject matter?

Computer Science is important as it allows students to develop valuable thinking and programming skills that are extremely attractive in the modern workplace. 

What does Computer Science help young people to achieve?

This subject will help students to develop a deep understanding of computational thinking and how to apply it through a chosen programming language. Students will understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Computer Science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation Students will develop skills in analysing problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs 

Whilst studying Computer Science students will learn to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically. Students will understand the components that make up digital systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems Students will understand the impacts of digital technology to the individual and to wider society. All students will apply mathematical skills relevant to Computer Science.

Topics covered in Year 10:

  • System Architecture
  • The purpose of the CPU
  • Common CPU components and their function
  • Memory
  • Storage
  • Wired and wireless networks
  • Algorithms
  • Computational thinking
  • Ethical, Legal, cultural and environmental concerns
  • How key stakeholders are affected by technologies
  • Legislation relevant to Computer Science

Qualification title:

GCSE Computer Science

Additional learning resources:

  • BBC news technology page
  • The Gadget Show